Hey, saw you grab her breast at Rhythm & Vines. Come on bro, it’s time to apologise.

Hey bro. I saw you blowing up on Facebook wearing some kind of ridiculous toga. I bet you’re shit scared now; I wonder if your Mum knows it was you? She would lose her rag. I bet you’ve rolled through every excuse in your head and your mates have told you it’s all bullshit and… Read More Hey, saw you grab her breast at Rhythm & Vines. Come on bro, it’s time to apologise.

Manus Island: why we can’t keep our noses out of it

[This was first published in The Spinoff Ātea, 16 December 2017] The deputy prime minister of Australia, Barnaby Joyce, is grumpy with Jacinda Ardern because she offered a place to 150 of those refugees that Australia illegally imprisoned and then abandoned on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea. He was so grumpy that he threatened… Read More Manus Island: why we can’t keep our noses out of it

Māori health and education models can work for everyone

[This was first published in The Spinoff Ātea, 15 November 2017] The Minister of Social Development announced early in the term that they will repeal the part of the Social Security Act that requires sole parents to identify the other parent or face benefit cuts. This is the first tangible step in a planned major… Read More Māori health and education models can work for everyone

How Hobson’s Pledge is taking aim at Māori wards in Tauranga

[First published on The Spinoff Ātea, 30 November 2017] In our balmy autumn months in Tauranga Moana, during the commemorations for Te Weranga (the 1867 Tauranga Bush Campaign), I have often had the privilege of walking down hills from old pā and kāinga with the Western Bay of Plenty mayor, Garry Webber. Garry (pictured above… Read More How Hobson’s Pledge is taking aim at Māori wards in Tauranga

Radio NZ’s sinister plan revealed: te reo for you, te reo for you, te reo for everybody!

Radio New Zealand produces a Statement of Performance Expectations every financial year. It is a requirement under the Crown Entities Act. So for this current year they are working to the 2017/18 Statement of Performance Expectations. A Statement of Performance Expectations (SPE) provides the Charter and principles, the Strategic Priorities, the outputs, the targets, and… Read More Radio NZ’s sinister plan revealed: te reo for you, te reo for you, te reo for everybody!

All Saints, All Souls or All Parihaka? Connecting Allhallowtide to Aotearoa

The following is essentially the sermon I gave at St George’s Anglican Church, Tauranga Moana, 5 November 2017 We have just had the observance of the Allhallowtide triduum from 31st of October to the 2nd of November. Those three days are individually known as All Hallows Eve, All Saints Day and All Souls Day. Our… Read More All Saints, All Souls or All Parihaka? Connecting Allhallowtide to Aotearoa

Why my tamariki are feeling hopeful about the new government

[The original article was published at e-Tangata on 22 October 2017] The announcement of the new government by Winston Peters on Thursday night felt more like a Melbourne Cup than politics. I livestreamed Radio NZ’s Checkpoint as I charged around Countdown with my tamariki picking up a few extras for dinner — but nothing happened… Read More Why my tamariki are feeling hopeful about the new government

Why learning te reo Māori doesn’t have to be a political act

[This article was first published in the Spinoff Ātea on 18 October 2017] Ni hao! It’s Chinese Language Week. There has been some attempt in our local media to wrap their lips around the unfamiliar sounds of Mandarin, a few pieces about the local Chinese community, but mostly pieces about the importance of business with… Read More Why learning te reo Māori doesn’t have to be a political act